News for Sunday, November 22, 2009



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Allen family celebrating 100 years in Steamboat

Customers who walk into Allen’s Clothing on Lincoln Avenue might not realize that people walked on the same wooden flooring during the Great Depression and World War II. Tod Allen has been co-owner of the store for about 25 years with his wife, Robin Allen. It’s a retail legacy that turns 100 this year.

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Defensive line helps propel Sailors defense

Darian Buelter will argue that each member of the Steamboat Springs High School football team’s defensive line weighs 190 pounds. Of course, if the roster is taken into account, Buelter is listed at 195 pounds, Keenan Starbuck is listed at 185 pounds and Carl Steele is the big guy of the bunch, listed at a whopping 210 pounds.

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Sailors hockey fares well in trio of scrimmages

Technically, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team didn’t win squat Saturday night. The team’s trio of games at the Howelsen Ice Arena were all scrimmages, and even though fans filled the stands, an announcer filled the air and a concession stand filled the lobby, nary a goal was scored.

3A Football Playoff capsules

So much for the long road trip negatively affecting Class 3A No. 1 seed Pueblo Central. The Wildcats were making their longest trip of the season, about five hours and 250 miles to Delta on Saturday.

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Black Friday not a fit for local retail

Retailers in Steamboat Springs have another term for Black Friday — they call it Light up the Night. The Friday after Thanksgiving is when Mainstreet Steamboat Springs hosts Light Up the Night at 6 p.m. on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

Hunt of the week: Rebecca Troester

Rebecca Troester, Age: 25, Occupation: Bank teller

Joel Reichenberger: Aussie eyes Vancouver

When people tell the story, they usually say Dom Moneypenny had a climbing accident, that he fell from a treacherous height in his native Tasmania, was paralyzed below the waist and never walked again.

The Jail Report for Nov. 14 to 20

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Luke Graham: Playing both ways brings team together

In football, there usually are three unique sets of players that make a team. There is the offense, the defense and the special teams. It’s not uncommon for one group to get on the other group. But in Steamboat, it’s almost impossible for one unit to get mad at another. If the team did, it would be schizophrenic.

Best of the Web: Large-format retail

I don’t know if these numbers are still applicable, but earlier studies in Maine and in Austin, Texas, found that 14 percent of a dollar spent in a chain stayed in the local economy. The studies found that 45 percent of a dollar spent in a locally owned store stayed in the local economy. That’s 31 cents of every dollar getting recirculated in Steamboat if you shop at locally owned stores.

Tracy Barnett: Sorry, Del

I want to apologize to Del DelHaute and his family for what has been perceived as an insensitive e-mail I sent Tuesday entitled “Epilogue Books is NOT going out of business.” This e-mail was sent from Mainstreet Steamboat Springs to let those on the Mainstreet e-mail list know that the bright neon signs on the windows in the space next to Epilogue announcing a Going Out of Business sale were not for Epilogue but for Del’s Jewelry. Epilogue was receiving calls very concerned about the sale and their pending demise. The letter was prompted by me and not by Epilogue. In these tough times, it is all every business can do to survive, let alone have to deal with conditions beyond their control. Impact from the economy and the recent downtown construction has been bad enough. Many people have thanked me for clarifying the question.

Bob McConnell: John Salazar wrong on issues

The latest unemployment figures have just been released. Washington has poured billions into stimulus packages. Recall that on Feb. 7 of last year, John Salazar “hailed” the stimulus package, saying, “I hope the president signs this bill to send the message that help is on the way.” “Trust us,” we have been told. “Help is on the way. We know how to create good green jobs. Help is on the way.”

BOCES given OK for stimulus funding

The Colorado Department of Education has given BOCES the go-ahead to use federal stimulus funding to make up for last year’s overspending. However, the Department of Education won’t call the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Ser­vices’ use of the funds a way to make up for the deficit created by overspending nearly $317,000 in 2008-09.

John Salazar: Health care reform good for state

In the past year, I’ve communicated with thousands of constituents throughout Colorado’s Third Congressional District, many from the Steamboat Springs area. Most of them have asked for more affordable health care for their families and their friends. With these marching orders, I’ve been in the trenches in the nation’s capital fighting for health care reform that actually will create a real, noticeable benefit in all of our lives.

Our View: Permit fee increase not so cut and dry

Logic says it’s counterintuitive to raise building permit fees during a construction slump, but deciding whether to approve the Routt County Regional Building Department’s controversial proposal is not so black and white.

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Dance group seeks sponsors for show

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is seeking sponsors for its 38th annual concert. Sponsorships help the nonprofit group buy costumes and offset costs. Sponsorships are available at all levels and could include tickets to the performances, your logo on the concert poster, ads in the program and/or banners during the concert.

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Yampatika given 2009 New Pioneer award for work in sustainability

At the end of the day, Yampatika is successful if it has created new environmental stewards. Yampatika reaches about 20,000 people each year with its educational programming. The stewardship project was recognized as the 2009 New Pioneer of the Yampa Valley on Saturday night.

School lunches for the week of Nov. 23

South Routt and Christian Heritage School have no school this week for Thanksgiving break.

Class notes: Hvambsal named Optimist Club’s Teen of the Month

Steamboat Springs High School senior Ty Hvambsal is the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs’ Teen of the Month for November.

Routt County Spotlight: Philip Johnston

Occupation: Snowboarder/shop manager

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Blee family observes anniversary of daughter’s disappearance

Paul and Mona Blee like to keep out photos of family vacations, and the homemade art projects made by their children. All of it is a memento of happy times, when Marie was Paul and Mona’s little girl. Marie vanished Nov. 22, 1979, from a party in the Shadow Mountain subdivision outside Craig. The 30th anniversary of her disappearance is Sunday.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 16-18

Real estate transactions for Nov. 16-18

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Commissioners, lot owners, sanitation district debate septic issue

The Routt County Board of Commissioners offered a ray of hope last week to 1,155 lot owners in some of the original subdivisions at Stagecoach. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to reject a proposal from the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District to cap the number of sealed sewage vaults that can be installed on the lots.

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Hayden Habitat home nearly completed

Project expected to be finished as early as next month

Amanda Archuleta and her husband, Levi — a fifth-generation Routt County resident — and their three daughters Brisha, Shelby and Hailey soon will move into a new home built by Routt County Habitat for Humanity. It could happen as early as the end of the month

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Routt County cooks share their methods for Thanksgiving birds

Roasted, brined or deep-fried, a turkey is the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving spreads. There are countless ways to season, cook and serve the traditional bird, and Routt County chefs and cooks have identified their favorites through years of serving holiday meals.

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CMC students learn the ropes of selling skis, snowboards

The lessons were supposed to be about pitching products and addressing customers. And in a mini marketplace at CMC on Thursday night, those lessons were learned by the school’s ski and snowboard business and retail sales class.

Looking back for Nov. 23, 1934

Next Saturday is the big day, for at 1:30 in the afternoon the businessmen of Steamboat Springs are playing host to their friends across Northwest Colorado at a free show at the Chief Theater. Moreover, a dozen families or more will have a turkey for Thanksgiving as the gifts of local businessmen.

Business File: Chamber announces Winter Activity Mixer

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting its 2009 Winter Activity Mixer on Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel.

Window shoppers give Realtors hope

If the entire Steamboat Springs real estate market were viewed as a single, large-format retail store, local Realtors say things are looking up. The reason: Even if customers aren’t buying like they were a couple years ago, at least they’re coming through the door again.